My Mental Attitude

My mental attitude about using my brain is important, because all experience and information may be important as I mature and my circumstances change. (life skills, mind, perspicacity, total recall) Mental attitude is an important characteristic of the mind (metacognition, positive, negative) which produces my person. (soul, mindset) My mental attitude should be neuroticism proof. I should not think on the basis of how I feel. Some people do avoid using their brain to make decisions. I wonder, if this is why women tend to outlive men?

My Brain Process

My brain process (mind, mentality, thoughts, decision-making, cognition) is being conditioned, consciously and unconsciously, by my interpretation (enculturation), classification, (encoding for future reference) retention, (memory) and recall of key events in my reality which then influence my interpretation of future events. Creativity is free flowing while problem solving (reasoning) is highly structured. The structure of the thought process is: 1) wired biases, 2) prior and contemporary inputs, 3) the processor, 4) the outcomes.(10)

Sustained mental process (thinking) is hard work, the human tendency is to minimize it, (8) but directed purposeful attitude can correct that. Think about it. It is best to not be a cognitive miser. Playing games is not hard work. Rest and play are needed to be fully productive at other times. (energy)

My Disposition

My disposition is a unique mind-body synthesis, (predisposition, tendency, instinct) is written into the DNA of my mind. (Psychological nativism, innatism, epigenetics) This is most likely a basic determining factor in who I will become. (my means it is unique to me.) Disposition can be positive or negative, good or evil and can be changed based on learning the attitude and alternatives to change it. Disposition is the beginning of conscience, which is based on my connection with my family and my society. When I act or think against my conscience it produces negative emotions. Negative emotions cause moods. Moods make me think about what is wrong and change or eliminate my thinking. Doing “bad” things may not produce an emotion if it is consistent with my disposition. But doing “good” things for others should always produce positive emotions. Positive moods tend to make me more tolerant, creative, generous and fun to be with. Religion can make the transition from bad feelings to good feelings by highlighting the bad in all of us and creating a desire for change.

 

My nurtured nature

My nurtured nature is more important than my fundamental innate nature. My nurture is “what I learn from every experience”. What I learn depends on my nature. To some extent, nurture, especially love or spiritual, can change my nature. My nurtured nature determines my mindset which makes me who I am through life. (a bruiser or a cruiser, being in tune or out of tune, liking country music or not liking country music, wayward, self-absorbed rebel, curmudgeon or agreeable and pleasant) Nurture starts at a very early age and continues until most of our brain circuits have been connected, which is when I figure out for myself “cause and effect”. An early positive start of feeling loved is important. It sets the tone of how I respond to nurturing. That is why it is fortunate to be born into a functioning family. (A village can provide sustenance but, not this type of family love.) The most important trait to nurture is an attitude of concern for others (love) rather than for myself.  This is not natural and sometimes it takes a religious experience rather than nurture to get it. My spiritual understanding, if it is functioning, is a deeper part of my mindset than my intelligence.

The Study of This Process Is Called Psychology.

The study of this process is called Psychology. To make the study even more complex, each of these traits/types and temperaments have a high/low range of affect based on a situation and the variable state of other traits/types and temperaments and the variableness of the mind-body state. Every Person has a unique personality profile which is revealed in a personality matrix of strong and weak attributes. A good conceptual model of this process is a large sound system keyboard which controls the volume of many frequency ranges by sliding a lever along a scale. (equalizer) The higher the lever the more the effect of that range. To complete the analogy, some levers need to be harder to change than others. In addition to this analogy, time and circumstances try to change everything. To some extent, with insight and intentionality, I can be “running” the sound system. At other times, it is subconscious,  spontaneity, time and circumstances (emotional reaction) which try to take control.

The Bible calls this the “soul”, which in Greek is “psuche” and in Hebrew “nephesh”. The Bible has a lot to say about keeping our soul in control by the Spirit. The soul has a natural inclination to take care of the body and an innate inclination to wonder about a supernatural or spiritual relationship. The initial strength of these inclinations may be from my ancestral DNA which makes up my DNA. Many of these inclinations can be controlled and ought to be controlled. The soul would say it is all about me. The Bible says “do unto others as you would have them do to you.”. Kant calls this the “moral law”, a “categorical imperative”. Theologians call it the “golden rule”.

The ‘Golden Rule’ (in its positive form) says: “Treat others how you wish to be treated”. Kant’s first formulation of his Categorical Imperative says: “Act only in accordance with that maxim through which you can at the same time will that it become a universal law.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Categorical_imperative

My innate “personality traits” and “temperament”

My innate “personality traits” and “temperament” (fundamental nature, drives and disposition) affect my brain process (mind, cognition, nurtured nature) and therefore my view of the world and how I respond to my reality. My brain is the part of the body which is the processor for all of my thinking activity (mind), which is not only “how do I feel?” (body) but “how do I feel about something else?” (emotion) And decision-making for action. (thinking, feeling, acting)

The study of this process is called Psychology. To make the study even more complex, each of these traits/types and temperaments have a high/low range of affect based on a situation and the variable state of other traits/types and temperaments and the variableness of the mind-body state. Every Person has a unique personality profile which is revealed in a personality matrix of strong and weak attributes. A good conceptual model of this process is a large sound system keyboard which controls the volume of many frequency ranges by sliding a lever along a scale. (equalizer) The higher the lever the more the effect of that range. To complete the analogy, some levers need to be harder to change than others. In addition to this analogy, time and circumstances try to change everything. To some extent, with insight and intentionality, I can be “running” the sound system. At other times, it is subconscious,  spontaneity, time and circumstances (emotional reaction) which try to take control.

The Bible calls this the “soul”, which in Greek is “psuche” and in Hebrew “nephesh”. The Bible has a lot to say about keeping our soul in control by the Spirit. The soul has a natural inclination to take care of the body and an innate inclination to wonder about a supernatural or spiritual relationship. The initial strength of these inclinations may be from my ancestral DNA which makes up my DNA. Many of these inclinations can be controlled and ought to be controlled. The soul would say it is all about me. The Bible says “do unto others as you would have them do to you.”. Kant calls this the “moral law”, a “categorical imperative”. Theologians call it the “golden rule”.

The ‘Golden Rule‘ (in its positive form) says: “Treat others how you wish to be treated”. Kant’s first formulation of his Categorical Imperative says: “Act only in accordance with that maxim through which you can at the same time will that it become a universal law.”  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Categorical_imperative

My Mind

My mind is the “software” of my brain. (functionalism) Different areas (domains, limbic system) of the brain process information (input) using prior processed (cognitive bias) and encoded information from any other part of the brain to produce or confirm and store new outputs. Sounds like programming artificial intelligence to me. (Locus of control, neuroscience) Like AI, my intentional thinking and searching can change the way I am thinking to the way I should think. (debiasing) My thought patterns are like AI algorithms! A little bit of this and a little bit of that and voila a solution, belief or direction! (mental model)

Why Am I here?

Why am I here? (Meaning of life)

My reality is my body (physical, human nature) what I think (thinking ability, mind), the environments and  nurture (personal experience,  sensory and social inputs) where I was born, raised, and live. (Ontology)  “Nature” (physical phenomena) is everything which I experience with my senses. Metaphysical are thoughts which are mental models. “Spirit” is “supernatural” thoughts which attribute causation to the idea of a spiritual realm, which can be good or evil. And, of course, the finality of physical death. All of this is part of who I am.

My Post Postmodernism View of Psychology and My Bible Based Christianity

My Post Postmodernism View of Psychology and My Bible Based Christianity

Daniel R. Boliek

 

TOC

My Brain Process

My Motivation

My Environments
My Mindset
My Social Attitude
My Story
My Grit
My Purpose
My Hope
My Belief

This is a personal statement about my faith and practice; “My Post Postmodernism View of Psychology and My Bible Based Christianity”. As I study and mature, my view may change. It will always be a “work in progress”. It is not intended to be a comprehensive or specialized treatise. It is simply a game I play with myself. It is a thought stimulator, every time I read it, I think of something else to add.

I am attempting to write concise statements which most people in my tribes (associations) would understand and would consider valid. It is from my thoughts and interpretation about what I have read in psychology, sociology, philosophy and theology over many years.

I have a very concise style of writing. That is a euphemism for, I write for content and concept rather than good grammer.You may need to read a paragraph a few times to understand the relationship and order of all of the thoughts. There are also some intentional threads of thought which are contrasting “mind” and “spirit”.

There are so many variables and associations in the mind-body mental process and interaction with other people that it is difficult to write about it and be concise, comprehensive and orderly. What I have written are topical paragraphs (statements) which are in topical relationship with other topical paragraphs in a loosely defined category of subject. Come to think of it, that is the nature of most of us in Human life. We’re Like topical paragraphs trying to find other topical paragraphs to be in a loosely defined topical relationship.

It is not about Psychology per se, but how psychological terms relate to what, how and why I think. I think it is descriptive of many psychological functions and dysfunctions in real human life (folk psychology). It also includes a spiritual dimension to our possibilities which psychology usually avoids.

In his book, The True Believer, Eric Hoffer quotes Montaigne, “All I say is by way of discourse, and nothing by way of advice. I should not speak so boldly if it were my due to be believed.”. That would also apply to what I have written here. It is my conceptual model messing with your cerebellum. If you do not want your cerebellum messed with, do not read any further.

Psychology is not just about helping people with mental or thinking problems. (therapy) It is about understanding what may help anyone.

It is also about my New Covenant view of Christianity. (1, 2, 7) see Endnotes for explanation of colors.

So, who am I? (body, soul (mind, emotion, will) and “spirit”) (9)(bipartite vs. tripartite)